Vinegar has important and useful purposes around the home and in your medicine cabinet. If there is an ailment that inflicts you, there is most like an old wives tale that includes the use of vinegar. Check into these remedies and see what they do for you.
Back Pain-Prepare a hot bath and add 2-3 cups of vinegar. Soak in the hot bath for 30 minutes. Through the soaking and vinegar use, you should experience relief of back pain and sore muscles,
Cramps– an all-encompassing solution for body cramps including leg cramps, menstrual cramps and so forth- use full strength vinegar soaked cloth to makes a compress. Hold the compress to the cramp for 10-15 minutes.
Coughing– A simple and easy solution to those who do not mind the scent of apple cider vinegar. Lightly spray your pillow case before bed. You should be able to sleep more soundly with less coughing.
Sore Throat– Gurgle a solution of vinegar and water with a ratio of two tsp to eight ounces of water. You may want to repeat this remedy a few times during the day for maximum treatment.
Bugs– With warmer weather coming and summer just around the corner, solutions for bug bites and relief are much sought after. Combine a mixture of cornstarch and vinegar till a paste forms and rub the area, allow it to dry. Leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes after drying. Wash off with soap and water. The cornstarch mixture acts calms the bite and acts as a drawing agent as it dries. This is also useful for bee stings.
Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac– Combine a half a cup of vinegar to two cups of water. Put the solution in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes and then soak a wash cloth in the solution. Lightly dab the solution onto the affected area. In bad cases, allow the compress to remain on an area for a few minutes before moving to another location.
In any situation, the old wives had a solution. Each solution served a purpose and cost little to produce. Many people continue to carry these traditions into the coming generations. Grandma’s protection continues well into the lives of our children. Do you have a solution that comes to your mind or that was used in your home? Share it, it may provide some relief.
*As with any medical based concerns, always consult your physician to determine appropriate use and interactions. These solutions are not meant to replace the assistance and direction of your physician.